UFC 192 is STACKED! A fight card that has flown under the radar for many fans puts out a tremendous amount of star power and great fights. From the Fight Pass prelims all the way to the main event, every fight is meaningful in its own way. There are potentially 5 fights with immediate title implications that go from the prelims to the main event. Let’s look at this card more in depth!
Jessica Eye vs. Julianna Peña
In the Women’s Bantamweight division, the main card starter is Jessica Eye (11-3, 1 NC MMA; 1-2, 1 NC UFC)* and Julianna Peña (6-2; 2-0). While Dana White has not said this fight is a number contender fight (what does it even mean at this point), this fight could have potential immediate title implications for either fighter. Eye is number 7 in our most recent rankings while Peña is an honorable mention.
Eye has become one of the most recognizable non-title women’s fighters in the UFC. She lost her last fight in what was expected to be a number-one contender fight against Miesha Tate. After a great first round, Eye was beaten and battered for the next two and lost by decision. Her UFC career has come interestingly with her UFC debut ending in a No-Contest when she tested positive for marijuana metabolites. Since then she has gone 1-2 with the lone win coming to Leslie Smith at UFC 180. ‘Evil’ is a go-getter in the cage as she brings in 4.82 Significant Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) **.
Peña was The Ultimate Fighter Season 18 winner. She was coach Miesha Tate’s first pick and made it worth it. She beat fellow finalist Jessica Rakoczy by first-round TKO to become the Season 18 winner. She was injured for quite some time after a knee injury and returned at UFC Fight Night 63 in April. She beat Milana Dudieva by 1st round TKO. She has landed 80 Significant Strikes in less than 9 minutes of cage time while only getting hit with 4. She has passed the guard of her opponent 7 times in her two fights.
Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov
A fun Heavyweight matchup brings itself to the main card with Shawn Jordan (18-6; 6-3) and Ruslan Magomedov (13-1; 2-0). This is the only fight on the main card that does not have immediate title implications but is a very fun fight to put on the main card.
Jordan is a former College Football National Champion at LSU. He was a champion in 2003 and 2007 as a Fullback. He started his fighting career just two years later and went 12-3 before joining the UFC after the Strikeforce merger. ‘The Savage’ is on a three-fight win streak with three finishes and his last ten wins have come by finishes. Jordan is an extremely accurate Heavyweight with 3.15 SLpM and 52% Striking Accuracy. His wrestling has always been strong with 2.14 Takedowns per 15 min. and 76% Takedown Defense (TDD).
Magomedov is on an 8 fight win streak with the last two coming in the UFC. Before the UFC he had wins over Ricco Rodriguez and Tim Sylvia. He made his debut at UFC Fight Night 41 with a decision win over Viktor Pesta. His last fight was at Fight Night 57 where he won a decision again. The Russian fighter is a defensive striker with 1.53 Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute (SApM) and 67% Striking Defense. He also brings in 3.67 SLpM.
Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans
The same night as a Light Heavyweight championship fight, the UFC put together a “number one” contender fight between Ryan Bader (19-4; 11-4) and Rashad Evans (19-3; 13-3). The fight is dubbed as a title-eliminator fight, but the Light Heavyweight division is wide open and could see a sleeper. Bader is number 5 and ‘Sugar” number 6 in our rankings.
Bader is a winner of 4 straight and 5 of his last 6. He got into a verbal scuffle with champion Daniel Cormier at the UFC 187 post-fight press conference. It was expected after that for the UFC to make Cormier-Bader for the title. They went the opposite direction with Gustafsson and the organization gave him a title-eliminator fight. He last fought at UFC on Fox 14 where he beat Phil Davis by Split-Decision for his fourth straight win. Bader is a former collegiate wrestler who uses his wrestling in his game along with his grinder style. He gets 3.59 Takedowns per 15 min. and 73% TDD to go with his improving striking with 71% Striking Defense and 1.42 SApM.
Evans is the Ultimate Fighter Season 2 winner and the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion. He beat Forrest Griffin for the title at UFC 92 by TKO to become the champion. He has career wins over Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Phil Davis and Chael Sonnen. His fight with Sonnen at UFC 167 was the last time we saw him when he got a knee surgery. He was scheduled for a headliner against former title challenger Glover Teixeira but pulled out when his knee was not healed. Evans is also a former D-1 collegiate wrestler who uses his wrestling better than most in the Octagon. He comes in with 3.34 Takedowns per 15 min. He also comes in with some defensive striking with 2.19 SApM and 64% Striking Defense.
Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley
Another number-one contender fight is slated for the co-main event as Johny Hendricks (17-3; 12-3) and Tyron Woodley (15-3; 5-2) finally get a chance to fight. The two have competed as collegiate wrestlers against each other with Hendricks coming out the winner. Hendricks is number 2 in our Welterweight rankings and Woodley comes in at fourth place.
Hendricks is the former Welterweight champion after beating now-champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 for the vacant belt. After 7 straight wins, he was granted a title shot to former long-time champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 167. The fight was close with many thinking Hendricks the winner, but the judges gave the nod to St. Pierre. ‘GSP’ retired after that fight, and Hendricks was matched up with Robbie Lawler for the vacant title. He won the fight in a Fight of the Year by unanimous decision. He was injured before the fight and required bicep surgery while his counterpart Lawler racking up the wins. He was dethroned by Lawler at UFC 181 in another great fight. He last fought at UFC 185 where he beat Matt Brown by decision. The former D-1 wrestler shows it well with 4.44 Takedowns per 15 min. and 61% TDD. His striking is very good with 3.62 SLpM but also gets hit often with his 3.59 SApM.
Woodley is also a former D-1 wrestler with solid striking. Woodley has won his last 2 and four of his last five. Before losing a title fight in Strikeforce, Woodley has been on an 8 fight win streak with wins over Tarec Saffiedine and Paul Daley. Since joining the UFC, he has a 5-2 record with four finishes. His last fight was at UFC 183 in the co-main event where he beat a heavy (180 lbs. in the Welterweight division) Kelvin Gastelum. He broke his foot in the fight and required surgery, which kept him out for several months. Woodley is a power puncher with only 2.56 SLpM and 50% Striking Accuracy to go along with his elite wrestling of 91% TDD.
Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Alexander Gustafsson
The main event is for the Light Heavyweight title as champion Daniel Cormier (16-1; 5-1) puts his belt on the line against Alexander Gustafsson (16-3; 8-3). The fight is different as Cormier is 5’11’’ and Gustafsson is 6’5’’. Cormier is number 2 in our rankings (behind Jon Jones) and Gustafsson fourth.
Cormier is a former Heavyweight who was 2-0 in the UFC before moving down to 205. He beat Patrick Cummins in his first fight as a Light Heavyweight followed by a submission win over legend Dan Henderson. He earned a title shot against former champion Jon Jones at UFC 178 after his opponent now (Gustafsson) could not make it to the fight. The fight was rescheduled for UFC 182 after Jones couldn’t make it to the fight. The fight did not go Cormier’s way as he lost by unanimous decision for his first career loss. After Jones vacated the title, Cormier was pulled from his headlining bout against Ryan Bader to fight Anthony Johnson for the vacant title. He won every round and beat Johnson by Rear-Naked choke in the third round to become the champion. A former Olympic wrestler, ‘DC’ has improved his striking with 3.63 SLpM and 1.71 SApM (+1.92 Striking Difference) to go along with 64% Striking Defense. His wrestling is still elite with 2.04 Takedowns per 15 min. and 77% TDD.
Gustafsson is a former title-challenger to Jon Jones. His 7 straight wins yielded a title fight at UFC 165 where he fought the fight of his life. He gave the dominant champ a tough fight, winning two rounds and almost taking the fight. His first fight off of that was a headlining bout against Jimi Manuwa, which he won by TKO. The UFC booked Jones-Gustafsson 2 for UFC 178, but ‘The Mauler’ got injured and had to pull out. He was then in a title-eliminator fight as he headlined UFC on Fox 14 with Anthony Johnson in his hometown of Stockholm. He lost the fight by TKO and Johnson was given his title shot. He had a headlining fight against Glover Teixeira for UFC Fight Night 69, but had to pull out due to a back injury. ‘The Mauler’ is one of the division’s best strikers with 4.06 SLpM and 3.38 SApM. He was the first (and only) guy to take Jon Jones down and keeps an 86% TDD.
*All records from Sherdog.com
**All stats from FightMetric.com
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”
Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:
Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you @lyotomachidafw 👌
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) October 17, 2017
Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”
Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.
“Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”
Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.
The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.
Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.
With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th? Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
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